Below is a common question that business owners and employees that are in charge of fire safety ask. The answer to this question is to aid you in properly providing for your business’ fire protection through the understanding of your fire extinguishers.
What Kind of Fire Extinguisher Do I Need?
Although every business is different, most need the standard 5lb. ABC or 10lb. ABC extinguisher. The size depends on the hazards covered and local requirements. Fire Shield personnel are trained to know the type and size you will need, regardless of the city you are in.
Restaurants, in addition to ABC extinguishers, need Class K type extinguishers as well as Fire Suppression systems that are located under the vent-a-hood (see our section on suppression systems). There are many brands , such as Ansul, Kidde, Badger, Buckeye, Amerex, First Alert, Safety First, which Fire Shield is qualified to service, both extinguishers and suppression systems.
When you need valuable equipment to be protected, without the danger of damaging it, we recommend CO2 , Halon and Halotron extinguishers. Although more expensive, they will put out the fire without leaving powder everywhere, which could cost you more to repair or replace.
Other types that are not as frequently are Class D, which is mainly used on combustible equipment, and various foam extinguishers, used at airports.
Regardless of what your particular needs are, Fire Shield Fire Protection, Inc. has what you need and we can take care of you and keep you in compliance with all local, state and federal authorities.